Yorkshire Food Festivals For Summer 2016


As part of our foodie series this summer, we’re looking at international accompaniments from around the world that are great to eat with our pork pies. We’re really lucky in Yorkshire however to have a lot of great producers right on our doorstep, and with food festival season in full swing it’s the perfect time to discover the best our region has to offer. Rest assured though, as well as amazing Yorkshire grub you’re sure to find some great international flavours at these upcoming festivals.

Harrogate Foodies Festival

Taking place at Ripley Castle near Harrogate from the 19th – 21st August, this is billed as “the UK’s biggest food festival”. There are cocktails, celebrity chefs, loads of local producers and – for the extremely brave – a chilli eating contest! Not only does the festival sound great, Ripley Castle itself is well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Tickets cost £10-£14 for adults and £5 for children under 18. You can visit their website here.

North Leeds Food Festival

Over the same weekend you can visit the North Leeds Food Festival in Roundhay Park. Another great venue, this festival is a showcase of street food, art, music, culture and lifestyle. Early bird tickets are available for just £2-4 for adults and £1 for under-14’s, making it a great low-cost option for a day out.

Cannon Hall Farm Festival

We’ve written about Cannon Hall Farm before – based just outside Barnsley, this family-run farm hosts its very first food festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend of the 25th – 29th of August. There’ll be cookery demonstrations, food stalls and lots of children’s entertainment, and of course you can explore the farm while you’re there! There’s no charge to go to the festival, but there is a £5 parking charge so car-sharing is a good idea.

The Streat Food Festival, Harrogate

From the 26th – 29th August, you can also visit the Streat Food Festival in Valley Gardens, Harrogate. The UK’s first street food and family fun event, it promises street food, street performers, vintage stalls and loads of fun for kids. It’s totally free to get in, and if you’d like a really unique experience you can book a “wild dining” experience on their website.

Malton Game and Seafood Festival

Celebrating all things Yorkshire, the Malton Game and Seafood Festival does exactly what it says on the tin! Taking place on the 10th of September, the focus is on game, foraged food and local produce, with over 45 stalls from Yorkshire producers. Entry is free, and just like the other foodie fests above, there’s plenty to do in Malton for a great day out.

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